Alburquerque to rehab with Triple-A Toledo
A day after Al Alburquerque threw another bullpen session and felt fine, he has been cleared to resume pitching again. Since he hasn’t pitched in a game in almost a month, though, the Tigers are going to take advantage of the few days left in the minor league seasons and send him out for a short rehab assignment.
Alburquerque will throw an inning for Triple-A Toledo on Saturday at Columbus. Nothing has been confirmed beyond that. The Mud Hens’ final game is Monday at home, so it’s conceivable Alburquerque could get one more game before he’s activated from the disabled list next week.
Though the Tigers have found some bullpen depth without Alburquerque, one look at Thursday’s game shows where they miss him. When they needed a strikeout reliever with runners at second and third and one out in the seventh inning, their choice was Luis Marte in his Major League debut. If they had Alburquerque, chances are it would’ve been him. They don’t have another middle-inning guy with that kind of strikeout rate right now.